A recent article published by The Detroit News announced that the city of Detroit razed 10,000 vacant buildings since Mayor Mike Duggan began his term in 2014. Mayor Duggan has been a vocal champion of the blight busting campaign in Detroit to improve the quality of life of all city residents.
Official estimates put the number at 40,000 vacant houses that are due for demolition throughout the city. Some of the benefits of the demolition process have been that structure fires have decreased by at least 25 percent and property values across the city have gone up. As a result of the many housing demolitions, housing renovations are starting to spring up and increase the overall property values in the city.
The average house demolition in Detroit now costs around $12,300, and Mayor Duggan said that the city is trying to keep the costs below $13,000 if at all possible. Funding has been provided by both the U.S. Treasury and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. More funding increases for the citywide demolition projects are expected to come through for next year.
Requests for proposal for renovation projects in the demolished neighborhoods have already been released by the city, according to Arthur Jemison, Detroit’s director of housing and revitalization. Some of the projects for revitalization planned by the city include parks, orchards and green spaces on the 250 vacant lots in the Fitzgerald neighborhood. Housing renovations will account for the remaining 100 vacant lots available in that neighborhood so far.